Have you ever made a mason jar salad? They make meal prepping healthy salads so easy! These Lemon Chickpea & Quinoa Mason Jar Salads are the perfect vegan and healthy meal prep. Just a simple lemon salad dressing, chickpeas, chopped cucumber and tomatoes, topped with a little fresh parsley and LOTS of arugula. They keep great in the fridge for days until you’re ready to eat!
Ingredients You’ll Need for these Mason Jar Salads:
Dressing: Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, Honey or Maple Syrup, Dijon Mustard, Garlic Powder, Salt and Pepper.
How to Layer the Salad:
Properly layering the salad ingredients is KEY to having the salads last for days in the fridge without anything getting soggy.
Dressing – This always goes in the bottom so you can separate it from ingredients to keep things nice and crisp.
Proteins – This recipe is vegan, so we’re using chickpeas as the protein but you could add something like chicken in this layer as well.
Vegetables – Any veggies that aren’t leafy greens.
Grains – Quinoa!
Leafy Greens – These always go last so they are the furthest away from the dressing.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I have to use mason jars? I like to use mason jars because they easily keep the dressing separated, are glass so no staining or keeping smells like plastic does, and can be put into the dishwasher for easy cleaning. You can use a different container, but you may need to put the dressing in its own individual container and the ingredients may not stay as crisp and fresh.
How long can these salads last in the fridge? In the mason jars, the salads keep for 4-5 days in the fridge. By the 5th day, the veggies may lose some of their crispness, but will still taste great and be perfectly fine to eat.
I don’t like ____, can I substitute? You can omit any ingredient you like! Go ahead and add more of something or add a different veggie, protein, or grain. As long as you follow the layering ‘rules’ stated above, it will still be great.
What size of mason jar? I wrote this recipe using the quart (32oz) sized mason jars. They are big and make large very filling salads. You could use pint (16oz) sized jars and make 8 salads instead of 4. This is good option if you want the salads to be the side, instead of the main course.
Where can I buy mason jars? You can find mason jars at many stores! Most grocery stores will carry them, at a store like Target or Walmart, even hardware stores. Or of course you can find them online!
Lemon Chickpea & Quinoa Mason Jar Salads are vegan and healthy meal prep. Just a simple lemon dressing topped with chickpeas, cucumber, tomatoes, quinoa, and lots of arugula. Perfect for easy weekday lunches!
Mason Jar Salads
1 cup dry quinoa (Cooked according to package directions and slightly cooled)
1 13.5 oz can chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
2 medium cucumbers (chopped)
1 pint cherry tomatoes (halved)
1/2 cup fresh parlsey (chopped)
5 ounces fresh arugula
4 quart sized mason jars
2 lemons, juiced
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon honey (or maple syrup to make vegan)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons dijon musturd
salt & pepper, to taste
Cook your quinoa according to package directions. While the quinoa is cooking, in a medium bowl (or liquid measuring cup for easy pouring into jars) mix together the lemon dressing ingredients using a whisk or fork. When quinoa is done cooking, allow to cool slightly before assembly the jars.
Assemble the jars. First, divide the dressing evenly among the jars. Then evenly divide the chickpeas. Followed by the cucumber. Followed by the tomatoes. Next, add the quinoa and finally add the fresh parsley and arugula.
Seal the jars and store in the fridge until ready to eat. When ready to eat, dump the contents into a bowl or plate and toss together to allow the dressing to be mixed up with everything. Enjoy 🙂